Wake Up Happy

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No one likes starting off their day in a bad mood, but when you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, it can be hard to turn that happy switch on.

Before you awake to a storm cloud, here are some things you can do to ensure you wake up on the right side of the bed.

 

1. Brighten up your morning

Waking up to happy colours, like yellow or green, can get your adrenaline going and can spark a more positive chord in your brain for the day ahead. Try brightening up your bedroom with a citrus-hued pillow on your bed, a picture on your wall opposite the bed, or even the pajamas you’re sleeping in.

 

 2. Set your alarm 15 minutes early

By setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier than you need to rise and shine, you’re allowing yourself some time to prepare your mind and body for the day instead of having to rush to get ready. You can lie there and meditate or just wake up at a leisurely pace. This is your time, do with it what you’d like.

 

 3. BUT, don’t snooze!

The snooze button may seem like the best addition to the alarm clock, but for the sake of a happy morning you should probably forget that button exists. When you snooze, your body thinks it’s time to go back to sleep so when your alarm goes off again, your mind is taken by surprise, which is why you may feel groggy and even more tired. If you want that extra bit of sleep, aim to go to bed earlier.

  

4. Let there be light

Natural sunlight can make you feel more awake and happy because it increases our serotonin levels. Serotonin is a chemical produced by your body that acts as a neurotransmitter regulating sleep, mood and memory. By waking up in the morning to some natural sunlight, you are producing positive hormones in your body to start your day off right. A helpful tip for waking up to natural light is to keep your blinds half-open so that the sunlight can help ease you awake, happily, as it gets brighter in the morning.

 

 5. Wake up to music

Instead of that jolting alarm to wake you up, try setting your alarm to a song or to the radio. The music will start your day off on a good note, especially if it’s a song you love to listen to. You will also be more likely to be in a happier mood when you’re awakened by a good tune, instead of that buzzing noise that you’ve come to know as “that awful noise that slices into my sleep.”

 

 6. Wake up to a clean living space

According to psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter, the messier a living space is, the more cluttered and frantic we become. Seeing scattered clothes and papers causes stress by signalling to our brains that our work is never done. By waking up to a clean, organized area we leave our minds undisturbed by those worrying thoughts first thing in the morning.

 

 7. Stretch

When you stretch for 5-10 minutes in the morning, you are increasing circulation and blood flow throughout your body, which increases energy levels. Take the first couple of minutes after you wake up and fully stretch out your entire body from fingers to toes – get your body flow working and energy pumping for a good day ahead of you.

 

 Now that you’ve managed to wake up happy, here are some ways to stay happy through the morning:

 1. Stay offline for a while

If you’re the kind of person who checks their phone and computer first thing in the morning, it may be a good idea for you to stop that right now. By staying offline first thing in the morning, you delay opening yourself up to the day’s stress triggers, letting your mind relax a little bit longer. There is no rush to answer those emails or text messages, at least until you’ve been up for more than 30 minutes.

 

 2. Eat a balanced breakfast

By preparing yourself a balanced, nutritious breakfast, you are fueling your body and boosting your energy levels for the rest of the day. When we’re really hungry, we tend to crave sugar, but by starting your morning on the good foot, you curb your mid-morning cravings and leave your mind able to concentrate.

 

 3. Smile

It’s the old “fake it ’till you make it” theory. When you wake up in the morning, the first thing you should put on is a smile and that’s because it can actually make you a happier person. Studies show that by forcing a smile, you can actually decrease stress and provoke a lasting happy feeling.

 

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